|Ship Class||Queen Elizabeth-class Battleship|
|Builder||Portsmouth, Hampshire, Britain|
|Laid Down||21 Oct 1912|
|Launched||16 Oct 1913|
|Commissioned||1 Feb 1915|
|Decommissioned||19 Mar 1948|
|Displacement||29,700 tons standard; 33,020 tons full|
|Machinery||24 boilers at 285psi maximum pressure, 4 direct drive turbines, 4 shafts, 2 oil driven dynamos, 2 turbine driven dynamos, 1 reciprocating engine driven dynamo|
|Bunkerage||100 tons of coal|
|Power Output||75,000 shaft horsepower|
|Range||8,600nm at 12.5 knots, 3,900nm at 21 knots|
|Armament||4x2x15in Mk I, 12x6in Mk XII (pre-1920s refit), 20x114mm (post-1920s refit), 2x4in AA, 2x3in AA, 4x47mm/3lb saluting guns, 4x21in torpedo tubes|
|Armor||4-11in belt, 4-6in bulkheads, 4-11in turrets, 4-10in barbettes, 3-11in conning tower, 4-6in torpedo conning tower|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseQueen Elizabeth was the lead ship of her class of dreadnought battleships. She was commissioned during WW1, and she participated in the Dardanelles Campaign almost immediately after her commissioning as the flagship for the preliminary naval operations. At Gallipoli between 25 Feb and 14 May 1915, she was the flagship for General Sir Ian Hamilton and bombarded forts on the Narrows with 86 15-in and 71 6-in shells. In Feb 1917, she became the flagship of the Home Fleet. She was the only ship in her class to have missed the Battle of Jutland because she was receiving maintenance at that time. During the inter-war period, she was the flagship of the Atlantic Fleet from 1919 to 1924, then the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1924 on. During the Spanish Civil War, she participated in the non-intervention blockade.
ww2dbaseAs the European War began, Queen Elizabeth was in the middle of a second refit at Portsmouth. She was moved to Rosyth in 1941 to avoid potential German aerial attack. She was completed and rejoined service in May 1941, taking up the role as the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. On 18 Dec 1941, while at Alexandria, Egypt, she was mined by Italian frogmen, who were all captured at the end of their operation. Queen Elizabeth sank, but because the water was shallow, the Royal Navy was able to maintain an illusion that she remained in operational status. She was eventually raised and temporarily patched so she could make the journey to the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia, United States, where she remained between Sep 1942 and Jun 1943. In Jan 1944, she joined the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean and participated in operations against Japanese bases in Southwest Pacific region.
ww2dbaseNear the end of WW2, Queen Elizabeth returned to Britain in Jul 1945. She was decommissioned in Mar 1948 and was scrapped in Jul 1948.
Last Major Revision: May 2007
Battleship Queen Elizabeth Interactive Map
Queen Elizabeth Operational Timeline
|1 Feb 1915||Queen Elizabeth was commissioned into service.|
|12 May 1942||Italian frogmen raided Alexandria harbor, Egypt, but failed to damage their target, HMS Queen Elizabeth.|
|21 Mar 1944||HMS Cumberland carried out offensive sweep in Indian Ocean with HM Battleships Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, HM Battlecruiser Renown, HM Aircraft Carrier Illustrious, HM Cruisers London, Gambia and Ceylon screened by fleet destroyers. (Operation Diplomat).|
|25 Jul 1944||HMS Cumberland, along with Eastern Fleet for offensive operation against targets in Sumatra including HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Valiant, HMS Renown, French battleship Richelieu, HM Cruisers Nigeria, Kenya, Ceylon and Gambia and screened by five fleet destroyers, bombarded Japanese positions at Sabang (Operation Crimson).|
|8 Apr 1945||HMS Cumberland joined Task Group 63.2 with HMS Queen Elizabeth, French Battleship Richelieu and HMS London screened by 5 Fleet destroyers to cover air reconnaissance flights by HM Escort Aircraft Carriers Empress and Khedive at Port Swettenham (now Port Klang) and Port Dickson, Malaya (now Malaysia). (Operation Sunfish).|
|27 Apr 1945||HMS Cumberland joined Task Force 63 with HMS Queen Elizabeth, French battleship Richelieu, HM Escort Aircraft Carriers Shah and Empress with HM Cruisers Suffolk, Ceylon and Dutch cruiser Tromp escorted by five fleet destroyers for attacks on Nicobar Islands. (Operation Bishop. Note: This was a diversion during assault on Rangoon (Operation Dracula).|
|10 May 1945||HMS Cumberland deployed in TF61 with HMS Queen Elizabeth, FS Richelieu, HMS Cruiser Royalist, Dutch cruiser Tromp, HMS Hunter, HMS Khedive, HMS Shah and HMS Emperor of 21st Carrier Squadron. Destroyer screen comprised HM Destroyers Saumarez, Venus, Verulam, Virago, Vigilant, Nubian and Rotherham (Operation Dukedom - For interception and sinking of Japanese ships evacuating forces from Burma).|
|19 Mar 1948||Queen Elizabeth was decommissioned from service.|
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